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Wabtec Engineer Reviews

Updated 10 Sep 2019

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Wabtec CEO Raymond T Betler
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to learn and grow as an Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent exposure to all aspects of the product design process. You are not just a drafter, quality engineer, data analyst, or technical writer as these projects are integrated, fulfilling and require and go-getter mindset. Friendly people with years and years of experience in the industry that are more than willing to help you learn and are patient to help you with different tasks. Wabtec recently aquired GE... Transportation and has doubled its size and has become a Fortune 500 company. Also, you will not be trapped behind your desk doing trivial work as you will have opportunities to travel and visit various sites that manufacture, test, and refine our products.

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    Cons

    Sometimes work can get slow at times and it may feel like you have to constantly ask management for more tasks. However, this is not common.

    Advice to Management

    Build a comprehensive new hire agenda so that there is clear direction and exposure to aspects of the projects and products. I look forward to my future work with Wabtec and SCT!

    Wabtec2019-02-11
  2. "Work as intern"

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    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wabtec for less than a year

    Pros

    good mentors. helpful office culture

    Cons

    less pay than other similar companies

    Wabtec2019-06-26
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Inman, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wabtec full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people at same level

    Cons

    Management abilities were very uneven

    Wabtec2018-12-26
  4. "Would recommend"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wabtec for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible and understanding work environment

    Cons

    heavy work hours and some weekend meetings

    Wabtec2017-10-11
  5. Helpful (15)

    "Rough Waters Ahead"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The physical office is new and looks nice. You don't have to worry too much about work/life balance being a problem.

    Cons

    Pay is well below market standard and benefits are mediocre at best. Several engineers have gone years without a performance review or merit increase. There is little feedback on your job performance overall. Cooperation between departments and engineering teams is very poor. People seem to like to carve out a kingdom and stick to it. Upper management is severely lacking in leadership and transparency. They do... not inspire anyone to go out of their way at all and mostly stay in their offices with the door closed. The whole aura screams "go away, I don't want to talk to you." Management does not engage or challenge employees, and they have no respect from any of the people working in the office. This is not an engineering firm. They have no process in place to develop software, and the code they do have is so bad that it is at critical mass and is no longer maintainable. Despite that, management seems blind to these issues, even when they are repeatedly told they cannot continue this way. Even customers are starting to notice the problems. Employees are leaving like they are on a sinking ship and management cannot even begin to fathom why.

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    Advice to Management

    Take time to understand why employees are leaving. Make some effort to fix the problems before you lose all your customers.

    Wabtec2017-05-03
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sr Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible with the working hours. Able to adjust/makeup time for dental/medical appts within the pay period.

    Cons

    Still defining the chain of command and responsibilities of the command structure.

    Advice to Management

    Open Communication about Company Direction on a timely basis to middle level managers.

    Wabtec2017-05-04
  7. Helpful (12)

    "Go anywhere else first"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wabtec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company cell phones, good PCs

    Cons

    First and foremost leadership is nonexistent. Managers are seated leaders that cannot lead themselves, much less a team. This is systemic from the Directors-up. Many of the managers do not even reside in the office, yet dictate from afar resulting in a disconnect of daily operations. Be sure to check Glassdoor on what you should get paid for the position that you applying for. Wabtec does not pay it's current... staff anywhere close to the industry standard and they have stated clearly that they have no intention on increasing staff pay to meet that standard. The result has been a very high attrition rate of staff, and righteously so. Wabtec managers have gone so far as to say that they don't understand why an employee would get another job offer and then ask for a counter offer from Wabtec. Staff getting paid what the industry dictates is seemingly a foreign concept there. Needless to say, Wabtec is a great candidate for unionized staff !!! In addition, Wabtec does not have any retention program. Job knowledge and talent are allowed to walk away without any transfer of knowledge and without any kind of formal training on the industry. New hires will find themselves in a sink or swim situation and this struggle is then compounded by the lack of process and practices. If you interview here, be sure to ask about average merit increases, bonus possibilities, and annual reviews. There are Engineers that have worked at Wabtec for over 8 years and have never received an annual review or any kind of merit increase !!!

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    Advice to Management

    The very root of the current Wabtec problems is the failure to provide good leadership. A good leader will put his team FIRST -- the team will in turn take care of the customers. Inversely, Under-compensated, un-empowered, and unappreciated employees will result in lower quality products and unsatisfied products. Employees (not managers) are THE KEY to customer satisfaction and ultimately success -- period. ... You have it completely backwards right now !!!

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    Wabtec2017-05-03
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Last resort employment"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wabtec full-time

    Pros

    Slightly better than working at McDonalds

    Cons

    Management at Wabtec is completely clueless.

    Wabtec2017-05-04
  9. Helpful (15)

    "Don't bother applying, considering, or accepting any position at this company!!!"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None (maybe schadenfreude) actually, one positive -- it's impossible to get fired no matter how incompetent you are (really a negative because of all the dead weight and horrible managers)

    Cons

    way below market value salaries no pay raises (I know several people who have waited YEARS for management to complete an "annual" appraisal.) horrible benefits (worst options for healthcare I've ever seen) hostile work environment incompetent management horrible work environment (loud, distracting, no labs or equipment) all complaints, constructive criticism, and suggestions are completely ignored no... integrity in management (slimy used car salesmen who lie and blow smoke) no responsibility in management (always have an excuse for their failures; always someone else's fault) no trust in management no opportunities for advancement obsolete technology/languages hypocrites who do not follow company core values employees not seen as human beings; only seen as resources to be used or tossed

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    Advice to Management

    To the executives in corporate headquarters: Fire all managers in Fort Worth, TX office and replace them with competent leaders who listen to employees and work with them rather than making ridiculous mandates such as: you will be happy at work (honest to God true statement from upper level management here).

    Wabtec2017-03-27
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Azle, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wabtec full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Autonomy, good coworkers, interesting work

    Cons

    Poor communication, bad management, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be held accountable for missing evaluations or failing to provide support for employees.

    Wabtec2017-01-24
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